Thirteen Reasons Why gives another perspective to suicide. It explores the idea that it’s more than you think when it comes to suicide, there is more than one issue that triggers these thoughts.
Clay is a normal high school student, good grades, nice to everyone, but he finds himself receiving a tape from Hannah, a girl who committed suicide. He just doesn’t understand, it feels completely unexpected. This explores another issue, bystanders, they are oblivious to what is really happening, although they are present, they don’t feel part of the issue until it’s too late.
The great thing about Thirteen Reasons Why is that you are almost there with Clay, all his thoughts are also on your mind. And on top of that, you can hear the pain in Hannah, you can feel the sadness in her words. One can relate to at least one of the characters, that is the reason why once you grab the book you won’t put it down, because one identifies with feeling guilty, feeling vulnerable, feeling unworthy.
Author: Jay Asher
Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker—his classmate and crush—who committed suicide two weeks earlier. On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out how he made the list.